Children in the city will be getting the city’s winter festival under way with a reading of the opening speech at 10 am on Friday. In the evening, the Àliga figure will signal the start of the entourages and processions which will fill the city with mythical characters. The festival is a chance to enjoy popular culture in all its splendour, with traditional dance groups, fire runs, sardana dancing, giants’ gatherings, falcons acrobatic human towers and a traditional human towers meeting between the city’s groups.
Not to be overlooked are the Ciutat Vella giants, which for a few days all change their name to Laia in honour of Santa Eulàlia. The guest artist at this year’s event is the photography director and theatre lighting specialist Josep Maria Civit, who has created a very special catwalk for those who are able to visit the Palau de la Virreina.
The other stars at the festivities for Santa Eulàlia are youngsters. Using the slogan ‘Sacsegem carrers i places!’ [Let’s rock streets and squares], the city’s youth associations will be speaking up for the use of public spaces, with the organistions Lali Jove, Festa Major Juvenil and Associativa de Barcelona all involved. On Saturday 11, Moll de la Fusta will fill with children’s activities and workshops for youngsters, while in the evening groups such as Oques Grasses, Tremenda Jauria and 9son will be taking to the stage.
Over the weekend there will also be open days at different museums and cultural centres around the city. On Saturday 11, from 10 am to 8 pm, it will also be possible to visit City Hall.